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Grace Moments Devotions - February 11, 2018

  • 2018 Feb 11

Issachar leadership
Pastor Mark Jeske

What qualities do you most want to see in your leaders? Honesty? Financial integrity? Marital faithfulness? Loyalty? Yes, all these and more.

The book of Chronicles in Scripture gives us unique insight into what constitutes great leadership. Consider the two hundred or so officers that the tribe of Issachar provided for King David’s armed forces. The census for each of the other tribes’ military presence lists tens of thousands of skilled fighters who came to David’s side. But Issachar’s contribution was in a class by itself—only the officers are mentioned: “These are the numbers of the men armed for battle who came to David at Hebron . . . men of Issachar, who understood the times and knew what Israel should do—200 chiefs” (1 Chronicles 12:23,32).

Of all the things I value in people I must follow, in both our social and spiritual world, I look for Issachar-type abilities: first, the sharpness of mind to understand the times, to know the people of today, to feel their pulse, learn their language, grasp their technology, understand their thought processes, know their needs, get their messages.

Second, great leaders also know what to do. They survey all the different tracks the train could run on and choose one. Great leaders articulate a plan and inspire the troops to volunteer, knowing that resources from God will follow whenever the mission is his.

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